Gen. Masanneh Kinteh: from National Security Adviser to Chief of Defense Staff

Gen. Masanneh Kinteh: from National Security Adviser to Chief of Defense Staff

Gambia’s new Commander-in-Chief, President Adama Barrow has appointed his National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh as his military chief.

It will be Kinteh’s second time being the West African nation’s military chief. He was deployed to Foreign Service by ex-President Yahya Jammeh as Ambassador to Cuba.

Outgoing Chief of Defense Staff, Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie replaced Kinteh. Bargie is also being deployed to Foreign Service and likely to Cuba, Foreign Ministry sources say.

My immediate priority is to bring back the confidence in the troops, lift their morals and bring back the civil-military relations that have eroded over the period as a result of the political impasse. I want to make sure that we get over that hurdle,” General Kinteh said.

Lt. Gen. Kinteh says he wants to build trust between the public and the army. President Adama Barrow has rolled out plans to reform and restructure the military with the help of regional troops stationed in the country.

Jammeh refused to cede power after suffering defeat in the elections resulting in the deployment of West African troops to flush the long-serving ruler. He fled to Equatorial Guinea where he was given asylum.

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